The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced the launch of a new tool on its web site that provides 10 years of data on highway-rail grade crossing collisions, injuries, and deaths (A New Grade Crossing Tool! Introducing GX Dash!). GX Dash! (“GX” is short for “grade crossing”) displays a comprehensive survey of the available information on grade crossing collisions in the United States in a variety of easy-to-use visualizations.
GX Dash! is designed to provide the user with the following information about grade crossing accidents over the last decade:
- Location of GX collisions locally and nationally
- GX collision, fatality, and injury trends
- GX collision, fatality, and injury statistics by county and state
- Data trends in GX collisions (time of day, type of vehicle, warning device, etc.)
- Driver’s actions in GX collisions
After every grade crossing accident in the U.S., the railroad in question provides the FRA with all of the details of the incident. The FRA then aggregates the information from all incidents into a statistical database accessible online. In addition to the 10 years of available data on GX Dash, the FRA provides grade crossing statistics going back 40 years in its Safety database.
Created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966, the FRA’s mission is “to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.” The FRA investigates and examines collisions, fatalities, and injuries at grade crossings to help minimize the loss of life and property.
The FRA’s efforts have contributed to a decrease in grade crossing accidents since its inception, but they still constitute 35% of railroad fatalities, the second-leading cause of death in the railroad industry. We must continue to do all we can to ensure the safety of our nation’s railroad grade crossings.
If you have been injured in a railroad crossing accident, it is vital that you hire an experienced attorney. Please call DBJ today at 1-800-875-5972 for a free consultation.